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PhD or PostDoc in Applied Ethics - Extended deadline

Job List:  Europe Name of institution:  RWTH Aachen University Town:  Aachen Country:  Germany Job Description:  The positions will be at a newly established interdisciplinary department for Society, Technology and Human Factors at the HumTec Center. It is an open, supportive environment with ample chances to cooperate with colleagues from life sciences, engineering, and medicine next to social sciences and humanities. The position is linked to the “Cluster of Excellence“ in Internet of Production and the applicant should have an interest in cooperating with engineers and computer scientists while developing their own research [More]

Compassionate Moral Realism

2019.06.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Colin Marshall, Compassionate Moral Realism, Oxford University Press, 2018, 265pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198809685. Reviewed by Adam Lerner, New York University Why be moral? In his book, Colin Marshall develops a novel answer: being moral comes along with obtaining an irreplaceable epistemic good available only to those who feel compassion. He then parlays this answer into a version of moral realism meant to deliver every metaethical good worth wanting: a naturalist metaphysics, a rejection of relativism, a refutation of skepticism, an explanation of the intimate connections between moral judgment and moral motivation, and, above all, a compelling answer to the question "why be moral?". The arguments for these views draw inspiration from an eclectic array of sources, both historical and contemporary, and they fruitfully bring together a variety of issues from across the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy. While the... Read [More]

Theological Voluntarism

[Revised entry by Mark Murphy on June 4, 2019. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] There is a class of metaethical and normative views that commonly goes by the name 'divine command theory.' What all members of this class have in common is that they hold that what God wills is relevant to determining the moral status of some set of entities (acts, states of affairs, character traits, etc., or some combination of these). But the name 'divine command theory' is a bit misleading: what these views have in common is their appeal to the divine will; while many of these views hold that the relevant act [More]